I not only suffer gout.I endure gout misinformation.I’m desperate to present clear, concise, informed gout news and views, so you do not have to be misled.Now aspirin has driven me insane.First, let me refer you to my article about aspirin and gout. I thought this was a great piece of news for gout sufferers who have been worried about low-dose aspirin, commonly taken to reduce the risks of stroke and heart disease.I always intended to research this further, and add it to the gout research section at GoutPal.com. Today I learned that my link to the original presentation abstract was faulty. I decided to complete my review of aspirin and gout and improve my report.That’s when aspirin started driving me mad.I looked on PubMed for the original research, and found that the presentation I reported was part of a wider ranging study of prevalence and risk factors for hyperuricemia. The research was filed as a translation from Chinese. It concluded:
Male gender, non-Han Chinese ethnicity (Muslim), renal dysfunction, diuretics, overweight/obesity, hypertension and hypertriglyceridemia are associated with increased risk of hyperuricemia. Retirement is associated with reduced risk of hyperuricemia.
Hardly inspiring, and hardly anything to do with the aspirin presentation that caught my interest.Not quite bad enough to test my sanity, but annoying enough to leave me frustrated, and a little confused.
I decided to report on the presentation I had used originally, but find a more reliable version or link to it. My starting point was the American College of Rheumatology who organize the meeting at which the presentation was made. Searches revealed not one, but two presentations about low-dosage aspirin relevant to gout sufferers.
Sure enough, my star presentation was still there with its favorable conclusion that
Low-dose aspirin use was not associated with increase of serum urate levels.
So aspirin is OK?The other presentation, complete with lots of data and a chart of results, concludes that:
Low-dose [aspirin] users, versus non-users, appear to have higher levels of [Serum Uric Acid] and increased prevalence of hyperuricemia
No, it’s not!Aaaagh.I’ve gone mad.